Family Fitness Weeks 3 and 4

I bet you thought we fell off the wagon didn’t you?! Ha! I could see where you might think that since I didn’t post last week’s goals. And, being a fitness thing it wouldn’t be all that crazy to think someone fell off the wagon.

But we did not! YAY! We are still at it; I just didn’t have time to get the post done last week. So, here is where we are at.

We have broken the TV habit! And my house has never been quieter!! It used to be that the TV was on whenever someone was home. Most of the time no one was even watching it; it was background noise. Which is the last thing we need in this house:)! We are good in the noise department. We all have a couple shows we really like and we do still watch them, but now it’s about turning on the TV to see that particular show instead of turning it on and surfing until we settle for something. I know, we were lame. But guess what we have gained from this broken habit?

  1. We are spending more time together! Since we all have different interests we would go to different rooms to watch what we wanted. Without the TV drawing us apart, we actually hang out together. Which leads to….
  2. We have laughed a LOT! This family of mine is funny. I mean like pop-coming-out-your-nose-at-the-table funny. I think it might actually count as exercise…definitely an ab workout.
  3. We are going outside more. Middle Son brought his bow and arrows back out from under the bed where they had been stashed for months. He set up a target in the backyard {I really hope this is legal!! But if he misses, he will just hit my shed and I haven’t lost any windows yet.} and they go out about once a day to shoot. Or they rake leaves, kick the soccer ball around, shoot hoops, you get the idea.
  4. We have WAY more time in every day! It’s amazing how quickly you can get sucked into watching 3 hours of TV in an evening. You think you’ll just sit down a minute and watch a show. Next thing you know hours have passed and you haven’t moved! Or maybe I’m the only one that has happened to:)?!
  5. We have some jugglers in our house! A skill that has been honed when the TV is off. And they have only broken a couple things in the process.

Breaking the TV habit has been awesome! And not nearly as painful as I expected. We’ve also become much better at reading food labels. It’s not at all uncommon to have someone say, “Do you realize how much sodium there is in….” Everyone is paying more attention. We didn’t have a goal of drastically changing our eating habits, but arming ourselves with information is making a difference in what we choose. Probably the biggest change has been in serving sizes. It’s amazing to read the label and find out exactly how much is considered a serving. It definitely makes you think twice. And that is a good thing!

For this past week, our goals were similar to previous weeks. The idea is that we keep doing these things and then add something each week. Here’s what they were:

Me – No fast food, 6 glasses of water per day and cut down to 3 sodas a day. I’m pleased to say – No Fast Food! Yay! It really is just a matter of planning, when I don’t take my lunch to work or have a meeting right after, it’s easy to just grab fast food. Better planning pays off. I am also happy to report….drum roll please….I only had three sodas a day all but one day! That’s big for me:). When I set this goal I asked the boys if 1 Route 44 from Sonic counted as just one soda? They didn’t fall for it. I didn’t actually count my glasses of water every day, but I know I drank more than 6. I am always drinking something and if it isn’t soda, it’s probably water.

Hubby – no food after 7 pm and cut down to two sodas per day. He had a great week! He hasn’t eaten after 7 pm since we started this. When he sets his mind to something – watch out! And he stuck to two sodas a day all but one day. Not bad at all!

Oldest Son – drink eight glasses of water per day. He totally didn’t keep track?(. But when we touched base he reported that he had to pee all the time this week! Ya, I know, that’s more than you wanted to know. But, I think it means he might have succeeded at this one:).

Middle Son – stick to eating at meal time and a snack after school only. He went about 50/50 on this one. His appetite is rather insatiable these days – he’s in a bit of a growth spurt! Yay for growth spurts!

Youngest Son – cut out Pringles at lunch in addition to eating a protein, fruit or veggie and milk for lunch every day. He gave in to the Pringle craving once this week. I guess that’s better than daily. But he was successful on the rest of his lunch plan. Small victories!

We all still struggle to fit in the 7 + hours of sleep per night. Turning off the TV has helped, but it’s still a struggle. We have continued to try serving a vegetable with every meal and this week will be having two courses at our meals with 5 minute in between! Should be interesting.

For our family project we looked at trans fats this week and learned more about what foods contain trans fats – it’s in a LOT of food, even cereals! Our family activity is getting postponed until tomorrow since Hubby had to be out of town unexpectedly, so I will share that later in the week.

I have to say so far, so good on this Family Fitness journey. We are definitely taking the tortoise approach, but I think it will pay off in the long run. Stay tuned for more!


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